Two days after a woman fell to her death from her balcony aboard a Carnival Cruise Line ship headed to the Bahamas, a woman aboard the Carnival Triumph fell into the Gulf of Mexico, sparking an international search and rescue operation.
“All appropriate authorities have been notified and Carnival’s CARE Team is providing support and assistance to the guest’s family,” Carnival Cruise Line spokesman Vance Gulliksen said in a statement, per the Miami Herald.
The Carnival Triumph left New Orleans over the weekend and was on the second day of a five-day cruise when the 44-year-old victim was “seen going overboard,” Gulliksen said.
The Mexican Navy is leading the search and rescue operation by sea and air, having already released the Triumph from the operations. The ship has resumed its journey to Cozumel.
On Friday, a woman aboard the Carnival Elation – headed from Jacksonville to the Bahamas and near Freeport, Bahamas, at the time — fell roughly two stories from the balcony outside her room to her death. Carnival emphasized that all balconies on its ship meet the safety standards laid out in the Cruise Vessel Security and Safety Act and said it would assist authorities in investigating the accident.
Few details have yet been released about the circumstances surrounding the woman’s fall into the Gulf of Mexico. It is not known whether alcohol or foul play were involved.